Narcisa Hirsch

Contact Zones
Thursday, October 17, 6:00 p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N. State St., Chicago, IL
United States
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Narcisa Hirsch, Werner Nekes, 1980. Image courtesy of the artist.

A pivotal figure in Latin American experimental cinema, Narcisa Hirsch is renowned for her striking explorations of the body, agency, and desire. Emigrating from Germany to Argentina in the 1930s, Hirsch first took up artistic practice through painting, then shifted to performances and happenings before moving into filmmaking in the late 1960s. Formally rigorous and visually lyrical, her films raise various existential and spiritual questions as they traverse the landscapes of her everyday life, from Patagonia’s steppes and Buenos Aires’ urban streets to her own domestic spaces. Curator Federico Windhausen presents a selection of works from the 1970s and 80s, some screening for the first time in the United States, before moderating a post-screening discussion with the artist, who will join remotely. Films include Performance Bebés: London–Buenos Aires–New York (1972/2019), Diarios patagónicos (ca 1972), Come Out (ca 1974), La noche bengalí (1980), Werner Nekes (1980), and Ama-Zona (1983/2001).

1972–2019, Argentina/United Kingdom/United States, ca 75 minutes followed by discussion

Curator Federico Windhausen in person

Narcisa Hirsch via Skype

Narcisa Hirsch is an artist and filmmaker whose work has contributed extensively to the formation and sustained development of experimental production in Argentina. Her work has been exhibited and screened internationally, including most recently Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires (2018) and in retrospectives at the Vienna International Film Festival (2012) and TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto (2013).

Federico Windhausen is a film scholar and programmer. He has curated programs for the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany; London Film Festival; National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; and Ambulante, Mexico, among other venues. He is editing the forthcoming anthology “A Companion to Experimental Cinema” and writing a book about Argentine experimental cinema of the 1970s and 1980s.

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